ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - The Marist men's basketball fell to Loyola Marymount by a score of 76-70 in the Ezybonds Global Payments Paradise Jam on Saturday.
Junior swingman Chavaughn Lewis (Queens, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with 19 points, including a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line. Senior forward Jay Bowie (Tampa, Fla.) contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists while shooting 6-for-6 from the line. Senior center Adam Kemp (Sherrill, N.Y.) had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots while going 5-for-6 from the field. Senior center Pieter Prinsloo (Johannesburg, South Africa) had a career-high eight points, tied a career high with seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
For Loyola Marymount (5-1), point guard Anthony Ireland had 25 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Ireland shot 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range, and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Gabe Levin added 11 points and nine rebounds.
There were nine ties and four lead changes in the game. After Loyola Marymount’s Ben Dickinson converted a layup on the game’s opening possession, Marist answered with an 11-0 run, which included five points from Bowie and four from Kemp. With 11:47 left in the first half, a three-pointer by Lewis gave Marist its largest lead of the season at 20-7.
After Lewis’ three, Marist went scoreless for the next 6:27 as Loyola Marymount scored 11 straight points of their own. The Lions re-claimed the lead on a layup by Evan Payne with 2:29 left in the first half, but Marist fought back to take a 33-29 lead with 30 seconds left in the first half thanks to two free throws from freshman forward Kentrall Brooks (Bronx, N.Y.) and a three-pointer by sophomore forward Phillip Lawrence (Baltimore, Md.). However, Payne hit a three-pointer just before time expired, making Marist’s lead 33-32 at halftime.
With 14:03 to play in the second half, a three-point play by Ireland put the Lions up 41-40, giving them a lead they would not relinquish. Ireland hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put his team up four. After that, Marist cut Loyola Marymount’s lead to two on five separate occasions, but were unable to tie the game again. With 3:55 to play, a three-point play by Lewis brought Marist to within 67-64, but Payne hit a jumper on the ensuing possession, and Loyola Marymount led by at least two possessions the rest of the way.
The total of 70 points established a season high for the Red Foxes. Marist shot .382 (21-for-55) from the field, .333 from three-point range (6-for-18) and .786 (22-for-28) from the free-throw line. Loyola Marymount shot .500 (28-for-56) from the field, and the Lions converted at a .593 (16-for-27) clip in the second half. Each team had 35 rebounds, and each team committed just 11 turnovers.
Marist (0-6) will close out action in the Paradise Jam on Monday against Morgan State at 2:30 p.m. EST. A video stream will be available on ParadiseJam.com through YouTube Live and TGVN.tv.